A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
181. Lady on the balcony
SEPTEMBER 2008: Lady on the balcony
Ouro Preto is one of my favorite cities in Brazil. The historic town, at about 100 km from Belo Horizonte, has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1980. Ouro Preto is mainly known because of the works by Aleijadinho, the famous and mysterious artist that had created numerous statues and ornaments in several historic towns in Minas Gerais. One of the principal churches in Ouro Preto is Igreja Matriz da Nossa Senhora do Pilar. It is located in the cozy center, but you need to descend some steep streets before you can reach it. The recently restored church with a high abundance of gold leaf, is a real eye-catcher. One day, my eyes caught this lady, standing on a balcony, near Igreja Matriz. She seemed to look at me, and I looked back. She stood there, unmoved, and kept on staring. Initially, it gave me an awkward sensation, until I discovered that this lady is nothing more than a life-size doll.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2008, 2016